Coun­cil apol­o­gises as

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Rubbish Collection Update - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk The leader of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil ( ABC) has pub­licly apol­o­gised for the trou­ble and in­con­ve­nience the new refuse and re­cy­cling ser­vice has caused res­i­dents.

Cllr Gerry Clark­son’s apol­ogy came dur­ing last Thurs­day’s full coun­cil meet­ing fol­low­ing count­less com­plaints to ABC from frus­trated home­own­ers.

There has been a wave of protests from res­i­dents across the bor­ough who were furious that their bins had not been emp­tied – or, in some cases, even de­liv­ered to them – since the new waste col­lec­tion and re­cy­cling sys­tem was launched across the bor­ough on Mon­day, July 8. Cllr Clark­son, leader of the Con­ser­va­tive-con­trolled coun­cil, said that the over­whelm­ing amount of waste that res­i­dents had left out for the bin­men – more than dou­ble what was ex­pected – was the main rea­son why more than 100 streets in Ash­ford were hit by a de­layed pick-up last week.

In a speech to his fel­low coun­cil­lors, Cllr Clark­son said: “Our de­sire to im­prove our re­cy­cling rates took a ma­jor step for­ward last week as we em­barked on rolling out our new re­cy­cling ser­vice in the bor­ough.

“In­evitably, when you make such fun­da­men­tal changes there

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2703681

Bins and re­cy­cling col­lec­tion missed in Lyn­sted Close

Ash­ford coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son

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